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Discover Starr King Open Space and Park in Potrero Hill

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Everyone loves Golden Gate Park and Dolores Park, but did you know San Francisco has over 220 parks and open spaces? Curbed SF wants to bring fame and glory to some of the smaller, lesser-known parks, and we're doing so with our series Park Life. Each week we'll spotlight a different San Francisco park or open space, and bring you all the details you need to plan a visit.

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Located near the top of Potrero Hill lies a three-and-a-half-acre public area known as Starr King Open Space. Originally a refuge for the working class that lived in the area pre-WWII, during the war inexpensive housing was built on the site for the shipyard workers flooding the city. After the war the housing was torn down and the neighborhood entered a decades-long state of decay. In the 1980's the Potrero Hill neighborhood entered a renaissance period and the Starr King Open Space was dedicated in 1984. While not technically a park, the area is protected from development and meant to be enjoyed by the entire community.
Where it's located: Near 23rd and Carolina streets in Potrero Hill.

What it features: A large, hilltop open space with beautiful views, hiking trails and various benches.

How to get there: Muni line 19 will get you closest, but the 10 and 48 will also get you there.

Dogs allowed?: Yes indeed.

Don't miss: The continuing development and support the space receives from the community. The neighborhood group that oversees the area is constantly trying to improve and beautify the land. Currently they are planning to remove concrete that has been imbedded in the land for decades, causing excess runoff. Head over to the website to provide your support or simply stay informed.
·Starr King Open Space (homepage)
·Enjoy Starr King Open Space atop Potrero Hill [SFGate]